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Ishita Dharnidharka  Travel & Adventure Photographer Co-founder @type2adventures 📍Mumbai, India ✉️dharnidh@gmail.com

A captivating airstrip ~ Using #Nokia8Sirocco to capture this surreal moment in all its glory! It’s only onwards and upwards from here ✨#MyNokiaMoment #PhotoOfTheDay #Ladakh #Himalayas @nokiamobilein

When the stars don’t come out to play, but the clouds make do alright ☁️✨

Just got back from another amazing trip to Ladakh, and I’m looking forward to sharing some exciting content soon! The last time I spent a good chunk of time in this region was during a crazy Winter expedition to Stok Kangri, so this time around I was more than happy to frolic in the flowers instead 😄🌸

I was stoked when I found out I was going to be in Ladakh for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. But the weather gods didn’t exactly share my enthusiasm at first. It was cloudy pretty much all day and all night yesterday. I woke up at various points in the night to check on the sky, but there was zero visibility. Finally, at 2:15 am the clouds parted and gave me a glimpse of the blood moon. After scrambling around in the dark, I managed to get a few shots off before the clouds stole the moon away again. Hours spent in the cold and dark, in and out of sleep; for a few moments of this phenomenon. Was it worth it? Heck, yes.

I claim I like to walk at the back of the pack so I can focus more on photography, but really I’m just lazy 🤷‍♀️

‘Have you let yourself feel how small you are? Suspended in this great darkness, among the scattering of light; I imagine there is more to this than we may ever know. Other worlds - gone and coming. The planet rearranges life like poetry. And here, as a spectacle and a spectator, I find that there is nothing more beautiful than this: to wonder’ #whplookup

At 15,580 ft, Gokyo is one of the highest settlements in the world. And waking up here before dawn is no easy task in the cold; but as you watch the mist glide over the glacial lake of Dudh Pokhari, and the snow-capped peaks catch fire up above you - you realize even slumber would have had a hard time being so dreamy ✨

If you’re seeing this post, from where are you doing so? What part of the planet? Sometimes I think about how Instagram has potentially allowed my work to reach different corners of the world (or different parts of India even) - places I may never get a chance to visit myself. Crazy, isn’t it? 😃✨

After trekking to Everest Base Camp this year, I also took a chopper ride to witness these Himalayan giants from up above. Even though the whole flight was only 45 minutes long as opposed to the 2 weeks I spent walking to and from base camp, the experience for me was no less spectacular than the trek. And that’s when I realized that great journeys don’t always have to be the longest or hardest ones #whpjourney

The Himalayan cowboy 🤠 #whpjourney

You know the idea of visiting tourist destinations in off-season so as to avoid the crowds? Well that’s pretty much what I had in mind when I decided to climb Stok Kangri (6,153 m) in the Winter. And even though I didn’t reach the summit, it was a pleasure to experience a brief life of solitude on the ivory slopes of this mighty mountain. Picture this: a week spent without any sort of connectivity, where only one line of human tracks exists for miles in any direction. If that’s not an experience to cherish in today’s over-crowded, over-Instagrammed world; I don’t know what is.

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